Let's take a Saturday morning run through the top headlines from around the division:
Special-teams coach Keith Armstrong said rookie cornerback Robert Alford is a candidate to return punts and kickoffs. Alford has some history doing that and the Falcons could use a boost in their return game.
Daniel Cox writes that tight end Chase Coffman was impressive in Friday night’s scrimmage. Coffman has had a strong training camp and could end up as the top backup behind Tony Gonzalez. The team likes rookie Levine Toilolo, but he might be a bit of a project.
The Panthers signed guard Chris Scott and claimed safety Ricado Silva off waivers.
Jonathan Jones writes about how running back DeAngelo Williams has gotten virtually all of the first-team work with Jonathan Stewart recovering from injury. The Panthers are going to run the ball more this year and my sense is Williams will play a very large role. In other words, you might want to draft him for your fantasy team.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Although many already consider him the best guard in the NFL, Jahri Evans isn’t satisfied. He’s dropped some weight in an attempt to make himself quicker.
The Saints will hold a scrimmage Saturday morning.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Scott Reynolds makes a case that Vincent Jackson should be considered one of the league’s elite receivers. I agree. Calvin Johnson may be in a class by himself, but I’d put Jackson somewhere in the next wave of receivers.